Northern Chautauqua Community Foundation: New York Funders

OVERVIEW: The Northern Chautauqua Community Foundation supports community development, human services, general education, environmental education, and youth in the Northern Chautauqua region of New York.

FUNDING AREAS: Community development, human services, general education, environmental education, youth

IP TAKE: Numerous funds held at NCCF are available for grants, so take some time to learn about these programs and what they typically support.

PROFILE: Established in 1986, the Northern Chautauqua Community Foundation (NCCF) is a community foundation based in Dunkirk, New York. NCCF began awarding its first discretionary grants through its community grants program in 1987. Today, the community foundation holds over 407 funds and awards hundreds of scholarships. NCCF aims to “enrich the area in which we live and work,” and it does this through establishing endowments, providing a vehicle for donors’ interests, promoting local philanthropy, stewarding funds, and providing leadership for local concerns. It funds local community development, human services, general education, environmental education, and youth efforts.

The Northern Chautauqua Community Foundation administers various funds, including field-of-interest funds, community donor-advised funds, and unrestricted/community benefit funds. NCCF has a community grants program that addresses pressing and immediate local needs. It also awards grants through an environmental funds to support local environmental education related to Lake Erie. The Community Pride Program offers grants to support the beautification of neighborhoods. Other NCCF funds with grant opportunities are the DFT Communications Community Betterment Fund, Lake Shore Savings’ Community Reinvestment Fund, Ripley Community & Heritage Fund, Silver Creek Irving Heritage Fund, the Westfield Fund, and the mini-grants program for local teachers. In partnership with the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation, NCCF hosts a 24-hour online fundraising event called Give Big CHQ.

Grants range between about $500 and $5,000. Learn more about this funder’s local giving on the funder’s grant awards page. Grantmaking focuses on the Northern Chautauqua region of New York. Past local grantees include Patterson Library, Chautauqua County Sports Hall of Fame, Dunkirk Historical Lighthouse, and the Chautauqua Alcohol & Substance Abuse Council.

This foundation accepts unsolicited grant applications from nonprofits. NCCF accepts letters of interest by March 1 and September 1 each year. It invites select organizations to submit full proposals upon review of those letters. Direct general questions to the staff at info@nccfoundation.org or 716-366-4892.

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